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Climate Change

Climate change

We can't talk about climate change without talking about greenhouse gases. In the atmosphere, certain gases such as CO2, CH4 and N2O are found and play an important role for our planet. These gases capture the heat from the sun rays and bring the Earth temperature at a level acceptable for life. 

The problem with these gases today is they are increasing in our atmosphere. Having more of these gases is creating a rise in the Earth temperature and therefore, causing an imbalance in the atmospheric levels which causes climate change. 

All over the world, climate change impact can vary from one region to another. Certain places will have more or less rain, snow and ice. Others will have a higher risk of extreme weather events such as heat waves, heavy rains which will cause flooding, drought periods and forest fire. 

In New Brunswick, climate change is present. The effects are felt with the increased frequency of winter thaws and precipitation intensity. The increase in temperature is melting glacier in the north and causing a sea level rise which causes coastal erosion. Some places could suffer from serious flooding as we saw for the city of Frederiton back in 2005. Finally, several sectors such as fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture could suffer major effects due to the arrival of new species of pests and diseases. 

 

 

What can we do...

 

  • Carpool
  • Use active mode of transportation (walking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, scooter)
  • Avoid overpacking material
  • Pratice the three «R»  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Buy local
  • Turn off your electronics when not in use
  • Be energy efficient
  • Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED

 

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association : (Toolkit coming soon)

 

Interesting links:

Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solution

Climate Change Atlantic

 

Reference:

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/

http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=F2DB1FBE-1